I want to broadly summarize the requirements for licensure as a Professional Geologist in the state of California so that undergraduate and graduate students have a better understanding when making decisions about taking a geology field camp course and to gain the necessary 5 years of work experience under the supervision of a Professional Geologist or Geophysicist.
Geologist-in-Training (GIT) certification – an optional step prior to PG licensure: If you think you may want to become a Professional Geologist in the future, we recommend you the take National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG) Fundamentals of Geology (FG) exam ($75 in 2022) ASAP after graduating from your undergraduate institution so that your geology coursework is fresh in your mind. The ASBOG FG exam is the only exam you can take prior to completing your work experience. After you meet the educational requirements (which includes the 5 semester units of upper division field geology instruction) for the Geologist-in-Training (GIT) certification and pass the FG exam, you can apply for a GIT certificate which are the first steps to becoming licensed as a Professional Geologist in California. The GIT certificate shows that the holder has passed the FG exam and met certain educational requirements, which are the first steps to becoming licensed as a PG – the GIT certificate may help you to qualify for your entry-level work experiences under a licensed Professional Geologist or Geophysicist. You may apply for the PG license without having a GIT certificate or having already passed the FG exam.